The artist Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907–1954) is today an iconic figure, known as much for her intensely personal artwork as for her striking appearance. Kahlo began to paint while recovering from a nearly fatal bus accident in 1925, which left her with lasting medical complications, chronic pain, and made it impossible for her to bear children. Kahlo famously married the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera (1886–1957) in 1929. Their union was unconventional—they in fact divorced briefly in 1939—but they were both deeply interested in their art and revolutionary politics. Many of Kahlo’s approximately 200 paintings deal with themes of disability, gender, politics, and identity. Her paintings elude definition. Often associated with Surrealism, Kahlo herself resisted that categorization, stating that her paintings were “the frankest expression of [her]self.” Upon her death in 1954, Rivera and their close friend Dolores Olmedo requested that her personal artifacts be locked away in her childhood home, La Casa Azul, in Coyoacán, near Mexico City. Today, La Casa Azul houses the Frida Kahlo Museum—it was the museum staff who rediscovered the remarkable trove of personal artifacts that form the basis of the exhibition.
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|March 2—May 8, 2020|
Frida Kahlo and Uncanny Valley
|May 9—July 26, 2020*|
Frida Kahlo, Judy Chicago, and Uncanny Valley
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